What's on for older children
Stoke Newington School
Hackney Youth Performing Arts
Hackney Youth Performing Arts is offering drama holiday workshops throughout the year. They offer one-to-one tuition, theatrical productions and more. Their website is currently under construction so please call 07914340728.
Clissold Park, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
These football classes are a perfect introduction to football and are run by coaches that love working with this age group!
18 months to 2.5 years, 2.5 to 4 years & 4 to 6 years
The emphasis is very much on creating a fun environment to play football in and your Little Striker will be able to progress at their own speed. Classes are suitable for boys and girls of all abilities and are a great chance to develop general motor and movement skills, as well as football specific skills.
Here and Now Kid - Circuit Training for parents and children
Come with one child per adult and work together through a variety of sporting practices to get your heart pumping, muscles working and endorphins flowing! Working to complete various challenges set in a circuit you learn to build your bond, communication, stamina, agility, strength, and endurance together. Classes take place at the Soma Lab on Church St.
Our Lady's Catholic High School, 6-16 Amhurst Park
Stagecoach Stoke Newington are passionate about the performing arts and helping children discover their potential. For all children aged 4-18 years, the classes are varied and fun. They offer a full and rounded education, teaching life skills to build confidence and stretch imaginations through singing, acting and dance classes.
Mondays near Old Street
London Fencing Club
London Fencing Club provides lively, fun and safe children's classes for complete beginners and those with basic fencing knowledge. Each class is taught using games to improve speed and co-ordination, develop specific fencing skills and tactical thinking. Kids learn fencing bladework and footwork, rules of courtesy during a fencing bout and refereeing skills.
At the more advanced stages they can take part in competitions fencing for the club, their school, borough and maybe even the country. All coaches have international competitive experience.
Suitable for children aged 7 to 14, equipment provided, just bring PE clothes
7 - 9 year olds: Mondays, 5.40 pm - 6.55 pm.
10 - 13 year olds: Thursdays, 5.40 pm - 6.55 pm.
Venue: Gymnasium of Central Foundation Boys' School, Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4SH (1-minute walk from Old Street Underground).
Based in Stoke Newington Secondary School & Sixth Form on Wednesday evenings.
Make Believe Performing Arts School
Make Believe is a leading children’s performing arts school. Founded in 2004 and now recognised as one of the top theatre schools in the UK, Make Believe provides after-school singing, dancing and acting training to students aged three to 18. Along with its performing arts schools, Make Believe boasts a production company, franchise network, talent agency and events.
Students benefit from a complete performing arts education which helps them gain confidence, stretch their imagination and provides them with skills for life. In a safe and friendly environment, they strive to ensure all students maximise their potential whilst having fun and making friends. The syllabus includes singing, acting and dancing.
Infant class (3-5 years) 17.30 - 19:00
Juniors (6-9 years) 17.30 - 20.30
Seniors (10+ years) 17.30 - 20.30
Students over 6 years old receive 1-hour dance, 1-hour drama and 1-hour singing.
Book your FREE TRIAL online.
Wednesdays and Fridays 3:30-4:30 (5-8 years)
Wednesdays and Fridays 4:45-5:45pm (8-12 years)
Here and Now Kid - Yoga and Mindfulness
These classes, which take place at the Soma Lab on Church St, help children aged five to 12 develop awareness and wellness emotionally and physically. Each week they use yoga to explore a topic using the art of storytelling, be it strength, perseverance, friendship or overcoming anxiety.
The stories spark the physical memory of the poses alongside breathing techniques and coping mechanisms and across the course of half a term the children will develop the ability to move their body within the yoga flow effectively and with more ease.
Every week they will be introduced to different tools to help them work through various emotions using breath-work and musical movement.
Their emotional intelligence is explored and developed through discussion, art, crafts and games.
Stoke Newington on Sundays
Little Kickers - Learning through play
Give your children a positive introduction to sport and let Little Kickers teach them high quality football skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment.
There are four different classes tailored specifically to the needs of children between 18 months and seven years of age.
So it’s the perfect way to ignite an enthusiasm for sport that will stay with them for life. Side A
10am-10.45 Mighty Kickers (3.5-5 year olds)
11.40- 12.25 Mega Kickers (5-7 year olds)
10.55- 11.40 Mega Kickers (5-7 year olds)
11.45- 12.30 Mighty Kickers ( 3.5-5 year olds).
Register via the website for places/waitlists or call/email 0208 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Clapton & Stoke Newington
Showkids drama, Singing and dance workshops
ShowKids run drama, singing and dance workshops and courses for children aged 4-16yrs at:
The Round Chapel
Mondays: 4pm 4-7yrs & 5pm - 7-11yrs.
Tuesdays: 5pm 4-7yrs
Stoke Newington, The Old Fire Station
Thursdays: 4pm 4-7yrs & 5pm 7-11yrs
These lovely classes are incredibly nurturing. They incorporate dance, singing and drama into the workshops with each having a focus on an underpinning life skill such as empathy, communication and team work. All workshops and courses are taught by qualified performing arts teachers (PGCE) and trained actors to ensure the highest of standards.
Showkids also also caters for those wanting to pursue acting within a professional setting by embedding industry techniques and terminology into the workshops each week with clear guidance and support for development.
Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre Youth Club
Saturdays 9:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm-2:30pm
Wednesday sessions will run 5pm-8pm*
Open to young people aged 8 to 16, the centre runs watersports based youth club on Saturdays throughout the year and Wednesday evenings during the Summer. Places are limited - check with the Centre for times of sessions and prices.
Hackney Bulls Youth Rugby Club
Sunday mornings (September-April)
Hackney Bulls Youth Rugby Club train at Clissold Park (under 12s) and at Springhill Park (Under 13s through to under 16s) between 10am and 12noon on Sunday mornings September-April.Hackney Bulls rugby Based at Clissold Park and Springhill Park. The club caters for ages 6 – 15 years.
The Petchey Academy,
Shacklewell Lane on Saturdays
Razzamataz Hackney is brand new experience for children within the local area focusing on confidence building whilst learning skills from the highest calibre teachers London has to offer. Offering dance, drama and singing lessons for children aged 4 – 18, in a fun, fast paced, exciting and engaging environment at affordable prices.
Helen O'Grady Drama Academy
Our Lady of Good Counsel RC Church, The Presbetery, Bouverie Rd,
The programme uses drama as a tool to aid self-development, helping children develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills and confidence.
Activities include improvised plays, creating stories, developing characters and work with scripted pieces.
Leyton Orient Football Club
Stoke Newington School
Leyton Orient Football Club offers Saturday morning coaching (from 10am till 11.30am) for children aged 5-12. Just turn up and contribute £2 per child. The club meets on the field on the Green Lanes side of Clissold Park close to the Park Lodge gate. Teams for under 9s, under 10s and under 11s also play in a Sunday league.
Stoke Newington Cricket Club
Stoke Newington Cricket Club meets at Clissold Park, The Petchey Academy and Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre. Coaching is open to children aged 4-17 and takes place throughout the year on every term-time Saturday. Winter and Spring term coaching takes place at The Petchey Academy on Saturday mornings (yrs 1-4) and Queensbridge (yrs 5-8 ). Summer term coaching takes place in Clissold Park. Meet by the paddling pool.Just turn up. First session is free, after that it’s £30.00 per term plus a £10.00 annual registration fee for which you receive a free club cap and shirt.
Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford (E15 4QZ).
Out of Patch but Worth a Visit
Local parents are full of praise for the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford (E15 4QZ).
One mum described the centre as: “magical.”
Play, learn and make up stories as a family at this hands-on literacy centre. Where else can you slide down a monster’s tongue, climb on a spacecraft, sail a pirate ship, play giant musical instruments, explore a secret cave and have a tea party.
The centre is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and at weekends 11am-5pm.
Clissold Rangers FC
Saturday mornings at Clissold Park
Clissold Rangers FC offers technical football training for girls and boys aged 5-12 at 10am every Saturday at Clissold Park. Just turn up with boots and shin pads and pay £3. The players meet by the park’s North West Gate on Green Lanes (next to the corner with Greenway Close). Teams play in the East London and Essex League.
Art Hoppers run free art activites at the Springfield Park Cafe for children aged 3-11 from 10.30am-12noon on the second Sunday of every month. Check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/arthoppersnews
Free activities, arts and craft projects, music and movement and stories are offered to families attending the Unity Bright Lights Unitarian Church on Newington Green. 11am-noon every Sunday. Children begin their time in the church service before leaving for these special family sessions. Contact email@example.com
Books and Games
Chatterbooks Reading Group for children aged 8 to 12. Stoke Newington Library, Church Street. 4pm-5pm on the third Thursday of every month. Discussion about books as well as arts and crafts, games and days out. For further details call the library on 020 8356 5231.
Games Club for children and teenagers, Stoke Newington Library, Church Street. 6pm-7pm on the first Tuesday of the month. Children aged 7 and over can learn a variety of board and fantasy/strategy games (Formula One, Warhammer, Monopoly, dominoes, chess, draught and cards). Players of all abilities are welcome. Free refreshments.
Freightliners Farm in Islington is well worth a trip. it's cleaner and a much better set-up than other city farms and there's a lovely cafe too. It isn't in Stokey but it is a lovely attraction. You'll see sheep, goats, cows, ducks, chicken, pigs, rabbits and the resident farmhouse cats. Good changing facilities too. It's in Sheringham Road, just off Liverpool Road, N7 8PF
Hackney City Farm 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
It's home to pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, chicken, ducks and cows. There's a cafe, a place to get your bike fixed and a shop selling fresh local produce.
Shakespeare Walk Adventure Playground, N16 8TB. This was recently crowned the best adventure playground in London in the London Adventure Play Awards. It was praised especially for its inclusive atmosphere and variety of things to do.